As a licensed psychotherapist, I have over 25 years of experience treating adults with anxiety disorders, mood disorders (including bipolar), and substance abuse and addiction. I have also received intensive training in specific mindfulness-based interventions for these issues, from the psychologists who developed them.
These are small groups (5-8 people), held in my Castro Valley or Pleasanton office, and require a commitment to do daily home practice as well as attend all eight sessions, unless you are ill or prior arrangements have been made. This is NOT group therapy – it’s more like a graduate seminar, following a set curriculum, with emphasis on learning specific skills and tools. However, there are no tests or grades – all you have to do is show up, participate, and be fully present!
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Combines cognitive therapy principles with meditative practices to help prevent mild states of depression and anxiety from spiraling out of control. Developed by Drs Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale, MBCT has been clinically proven to be as effective as medication in preventing relapses of depression, as well as relieving the severity of symptoms in anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. After just 8 weeks of MBCT, participants’ brain function and mood regulation improve in ways which allow them to respond more effectively to distressing situations, emotions, and thoughts. Best suited to adults who are not acutely depressed. Next group starts January 20, 2018 in Pleasanton, will meet Saturday mornings, from 10 am to 12 pm, through March 10. Register by 1/6/18 to get early reg. discount.
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
An innovative relapse prevention program that integrates mindfulness practices with evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies, and gets to the root of addictive behavior by targeting two of the main predictors of relapse: negative emotions and cravings. Developed by Drs Alan Marlatt, Sarah Bowen, and Neha Chawla of the University of Washington. Best suited to adults who have completed primary treatment, are motivated to maintain treatment goals, and are willing to make lifestyle changes that support their well-being and recovery. New group starts July 10, 2018 in Pleasanton, meets Tuesday 6 – 8 pm through August 28. Register by 6/26 to get discounted fee.